Wimbledon 2020 may have been cancelled this year but top-flight tennis is currently smash, ace and volleying its way back into our living rooms with the US Open 2020. The Stateside Grand Slam tournament is under way at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York; the action started on Monday 31st August and will culminate with the men's singles final on Sunday (13th September).
Today's a big day in tennis as the men's semi-final ties take place. So how can you watch the US Open for free, from anywhere in the world? Here's how...
Tennis fans in the UK and Ireland can stream the US Open live on Amazon Prime Video. New subscribers can start a 30-day free trial of Prime Video (opens in new tab) and catch a US Open live stream for free! Prime Video costs £5.99 per month thereafter, while full Prime membership costs or £7.99 per month. Don't forget to use a VPN (opens in new tab) to access the US Open if you're travelling outside the UK.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios all pulled out of the US Open owing to injury or pandemic concerns. Novak Djokovic didn't seem bogged down by the controversy surrounding his resignation as president of the ATP player council ahead of the tournament, although he quickly found himself in hot water when he was defaulted during his fourth-round match for accidentally hitting a ball at a linesman.
That meant the US Open 2020 witnessed the first Grand Slam quarter-final without Djokovic, Federer or Nadal in 16 years.
It is still all to play for for semi-finalists Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev and Pablo Carreno Busta, though, who face off today for a place in Sunday's final.
Carreno Busta vs Zverev is up first at 4pm ET / 9pm BST time, with Medvedev vs Thiem following after its completion (so around 7pm ET / 12am BST).
Whoever prevails, we will be seeing a new name on the trophy this year – and perhaps the most symbolic moment yet in the gradual passing of the mantle to the younger generation of top-seeded players.
As for the women's side of the draw, all odds pointed to a third-seed Serena Williams and fourth-seed Naomi Osaka meet in the final. However, it is Victoria Azarenka who will face Osaka in the women's final on Saturday, having overcome Williams in three sets at the semis stage.
Here's how to watch the US Open 2020 live stream for free, and catch the action from anywhere in the world...
How to watch the US Open 2020 in UK and Ireland
Amazon Prime Video has the exclusive rights to broadcast the 2020 US Open in the UK.
Already a Prime member? You're sorted – but remember you'll need VPN (opens in new tab) to access your account if you're outside of the UK at the time of the US Open.
Non-Prime Video members in the UK and Ireland can watch the US Open for free using a 30-day free trial of Prime Video (opens in new tab).
Non-Prime members can start a 30-day free trial of Prime (£7.99/month or £79/year), or Prime Video (£5.99/month) which will be enough to enjoy the whole of the US Open tennis for free.
You can cancel the free trial at any time during the 30 days. If you don't, you be bumped on rolling monthly contract. Naturally, you can cancel Prime or Prime Video membership at any time – there's no contract to worry about.
The Prime Video app is available on most smart TVs, games consoles, Fire TV devices, Apple TV, iOS, Android and more, so you can enjoy the tennis in HD pretty much wherever you are.
Prime Video membership also includes: exclusive access to WTA (Women's), ATP Tour (Men's) and US Open Tennis Championships.
Want to know when a particular US Open match starts? Prime Video will publish the schedule and timings here (opens in new tab).
How to watch the US Open 2020 from abroad
Trying to access your Amazon Prime Video account from outside the UK or Ireland –if you're on holiday or working abroad, for example – will be a problem. Your internet service provider (Channel 9, Sky, Virgin Media, BT or Eurosport Player on Amazon Prime Video, for example) will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access – even if you’re a UK national. This will be the same if you try to access any geo-blocked stream from around the world.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
You can find a full list of US Open 2020 broadcasters here.
How to watch the US Open 2020 in the USA
You might think that because Amazon Prime Video has the exclusive rights to show the US Open in the UK and Ireland, the same would be true in the USA and other parts of the world.
Not so. ESPN has the exclusive rights to show the tennis in the USA.
The tournament will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN2. Coverage is due to start at 12pm ET every day and runs until 11pm ET or later.
If you have a TV package that includes ESPN you're good to go. You can live stream the US Open via the ESPN app (opens in new tab), too.
If you don't, and you don't have cable, you can sign up to ESPN via Sling TV's $30 per month Orange package (opens in new tab).
How to watch the US Open 2020 in Europe
Eurosport holds the rights to broadcast the US Open 2020 in continental Europe, covering 52 countries.
Boris Becker will be beamed into the Eurosport Cube studio in London from his home in Munich to analyse the best and worst shots. The 300+ hours of live coverage from New York kicks off on Eurosport on the afternoon of Monday 31 August (CEST).
You can live stream the US Open by purchasing a monthly or annual subscription to Eurosport Player here (opens in new tab).
US Open 2020 schedule
September 11: Men’s Semi-finals
September 12: Women’s Final
September 13: Men’s Final